Chicago Hits Mark with Senior Housing Project

November 07, 2010

Isn’t it nice when goals are met? Here’s one to celebrate.

There was a ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday at Wrightwood Senior Apartments, 2815 W. 79th Street, Chicago, a new development with 85 apartments for seniors.

At the ceremony, Mayor Richard M. Daley announced that the city of Chicago — which set out in 2006 to create 4,000 housing units for seniors within five years — has met its goal.

Mayor Daley at the ribbon-cutting ceremony at Wrightwood Senior Apartments.

Mayor Daley and other excited officials cut the ribbon at the new Wrightwood Senior Apartments building.

The five-year plan targeted community areas that most needed diverse housing options for seniors from low-income buildings to moderately priced condominiums.

Since the five-year plan began, the city has invested more than $433 million to support 4,022 units of quality, affordable housing for seniors.

The Mayor said the city “worked closely with non-profit groups , private developers and faith-based organizations to ensure that Chicago’s seniors will be able to live independently and enjoy the quality of life they deserve after a lifetime of hard work.”

“All of us in city government work hard every day of the year to make sure Chicago is the kind of city seniors want to live in,” said Daley. “Whether through city land, loans, tax credits, TIF or rental subsidies, our resources have resulted in a range of housing types to meet the needs of seniors and neighborhoods.”

Wrightwood Senior Apartments, a six-story, 74,000-square-foot development, offers:

Wrightwood Senior Apartments

Wrightwood Senior Apartments

*Five studio apartments with 462 square feet apiece

*70 one-bedroom, one-bath units with 560 square feet each

*10 two-bedroom, one-bath units, each with 682 square feet of space

*76 of the apartments available to seniors ages 62 and older who earn up to 60 percent of the area median income, which is $31,560 for a single person household

*Nine units will have unrestricted rents

The development has a dining area, a library/computer room, a wellness center and fitness room, a community room/activity room, a beauty parlor, laundry facilities on every floor and an outdoor patio.

Eco-friendly considerations went into the building, including a green roof, a solar hot water system and Energy Star appliances.

The Mayor said that more senior housing projects will be finalized by the end of this year and even more will be approved next year.

“From independent living apartments such as Wrightwood Senior Apartments right here to supportive living facilities and housing for grandparents raising grandchildren, our commitment to bettering the lives of seniors remains as strong as ever,” Daley said.

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